If you have been following my news on a regular basis lately, you are aware that Terre de Brume (which can be roughly translated by “Land of Mist”), my latest book series published by Rageot Editeur (unfortunately, to this date, no English translation is available), is going to be adapted into a podcast by the RTBF company, one of the main Belgian TV channels.
As explained in my last review, the stage of adapting both novel into scripts is over. The team in charge of the project has now been given the green light for the next step, namely the actual podcast recording!
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the studio where the podcast is currently being recorded and I was so excited about this that I couldn’t help but write a review on the occasion!
The studio is located in Liège (small precision for those who are not used to Belgian geography – Liège is on the other side of the country), so it was quite a long train trip for me. And as you can see, I was in good company to make this visit!
Once we enter the studio, we are directly transported into the Land of Mist universe!
My emotions are running high – the recording is occurring right there in front of my eyes! I also discover for the first time the recording studio as well as the actors who have been casted for the various roles in this production, all of them led by Caroline Prévinaire, who energetically supervises the whole process.
In the control room, in a low voice so as not to distract the sound engineers in their work, the crew in charge of the project tells me what’s happening behind the scenes…
- The recording occurs not according to the chronological order of the plot, but according to the availability of each person, starting with the actors cast for the occasion. The sanitary context did not help things naturally…
Each recording occurs in several steps: first, reading the scene aloud, in which Caroline, as supervisor, reminds everyone of the general context, sets the tone to be adopted for each sentence, etc. Then, everything is recorded (supervised in the control room).
- Yes, this is the COMPLETE podcast script. Nice syllabus, isn’t it! You can see the division between dialogues, off voice and sound effects…
An incredibly focused atmosphere permeates the whole room, there’s a repressed energy around everyone which impresses me. Maëlle and I are slipping away from the studio for a few surprises that will soon be unveiled – I advise you to follow La Voix Dans Ta Tête (literally the voice in your head), if you haven’t done so already!
I come back in the control room while waiting for the taxi to take us to the station – it’s already time to come back home! Sitting on the sofa, I find myself absorbing with my eyes and ears the work that is being done. That’s when I realise the full extent of what’s happening – one of my dreams as a writer is coming true.
My words no longer exist only on paper, they’re finding a new voice thanks to the actors present. Hearing them gives me goose bumps as much as butterflies in the belly.
I am especially proud that this book series is going to be adapted into a podcast soon to be broadcast when I think that not only do women play the main roles, but that it also puts into the spotlight queer & POC characters.
And this is just one step in the whole recording process, so I advise you to follow the updates on my social media for more info!